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Catholic Calendar for Lent 2014

Liturgical Schedule for Lent 2014

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Ash Wednesday 2008 at Saint Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

A woman prays after receiving ashes on her forehead in observance of Ash Wednesday at Saint Louis Cathedral, February 6, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Le​nt is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a period of 40 days of repentance, with prayer, fasting and abstinence, and Confession.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter Sunday. (For an explanation why Lent begins 46 days before Easter but is only 40 days long, see How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated?) For Eastern Rite Catholics, Lent begins two days earlier, on Clean Monday. The following is a list of the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2014.

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 Clean Monday Monday, March 3, 2014
 Ash Wednesday Wednesday, March 5, 2014
 First Sunday of Lent Sunday, March 9, 2014
 Second Sunday of Lent Sunday, March 16, 2014
 Feast of Saint Patrick Monday, March 17, 2014
 Feast of Saint Joseph Wednesday, March 19, 2014
 Third Sunday of Lent Sunday, March 23, 2014
 The Annunciation of the Lord Tuesday, March 25, 2014
 Fourth Sunday of Lent
   (
Laetare Sunday)
Sunday, March 30, 2014
 Fifth Sunday of Lent
   (Passion Sunday)
Sunday, April 6, 2014
 Palm Sunday  Sunday, April 13, 2014
 Holy Thursday  Thursday, April 17, 2014
 Good Friday Friday, April 18, 2014
 Holy Saturday Saturday, April 19, 2014
 Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014

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